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The current management style is centered in a "seat-of-the-pants" model. There is little organization, lots of inefficiency and tons of clutter. It's the sort of situation I cannot and will not manage. I need organization and orderliness.
My concern is that I won't be able to effectively manage anything because my decisions and style will be over-ridden. Is there a good way to approach an owner and tell them to "get out of the way"? The last thing I want is to find myself, six months down the road, facing an uphill battle over how things are done.
Depending on the industry, you may not want to completely curtail the group's 'freedoms.' Creativity isn't always based on sitting at a desk 8 hours or more a day, but most of the 'team players' will eventually appreciate methods that increase their productivity.
It is also possible that the CEO has let things get out of hand and rather than being the bad guy/gal, is bringing you in to clean up the mess.
Unfortunately, if everything isn't spelled out in advance with management/owners and their support isn't made aware with the employees - six months down the line, you'll probably be the one blamed for the inefficiencies.
But, typically, if a culture has been run from the "seat of the pants" style .. then there will be some serious comfort zone problems to overcome...not to mention the social structure of how the organization works internally...this can be very difficult to overcome and you will go nuts trying to bring order and efficiencies where much baggage is present...
If you can demonstrate how bringing structured business process order will enhance the profitability of the business...this may get everyone's attention...(that is, if the people are driven by profits?)...which the owner should be driven by this variable..(but not always)
I have a written proposal now. I'm thinking that a contract may be the best option; I can keep my end of it, and it could help remove a lot of potential interference.
Wish me luck... I'm also making plans for a site development/management project. So you can teach an old dog a new trick ;)
I wish you good luck and success to your new project. grandpa, regarding teaching tricks such experience person like you,we are really very small person. I observe that the techniques or tactics is situational and differ from individuals experience and the merit of the situation, probably no one can proper guide a person for a tactics and techniques on advance.
I think a person can innovate certain techniques himself better. It can well understandable by following example.
Prior to a football game, the coach will have worked out a game plan, which contains general features such as confine running plays to end sweeps because the opponent are too strong up the middle.
A tactics or technique is part of the coach's repertoire utilized for specific situations. This might develop during the course of the game, such as a fake punt.